Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is FASS IP?

FASS IP stands for FASS Internship Programme. It is a structured internship programme that is managed by the FASS Dean's Office.

2. What are the modules offered under FASS IP?

FASS IP modules are:

# FAS2550 FASS Exposure Internship – for students who have completed an internship but did not perform it under any module, and wish to have it recognised in their transcript..
# FAS2551 FASS Internship – for student performing an 8 to 12-week full-time internship during the Special Term, or a 12 to 16-week part-time internship during a regular semester.
# FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship – for students performing a 12 to 16-week full-time internship during a regular semester.

3. How should I register for FASS IP modules?

You do not need to bid for any of the FASS IP modules through CORS. Once you have secure the internship, contact the FASS IP Administrator.

4. Are there pre-requisites for FASS IP modules?

Yes. CFG1001 HeadStart or CFG1000 StepUp or Career Catalyst are pre-requisites for FASS IP modules.

5. Will the Faculty/Department find an internship for me?

No. The Faculty/Department can help you source for internships through our partnerships with companies/organisations. And you will be able to view a list of approved internship positions through the Arts/Social Sciences Internship Management Systems (AIMS) during the application phase. But you need to make your own applications and go through the companies selection process (FASS IP Phase 2). Securing an internship on your own is intended to be part of the process.

6. Can I source for my own internship locally or overseas?

Yes. You are allowed to source your own internship. But all internships must be approved by the FASS Dean’s Office if it is to be performed under FASS IP.

7. When can I participate in FASS IP?

You must have completed at least three regular semesters before your internship term.

If you wish to take FAS2552, you are strongly encouraged to discuss with your major advisor and plan your studies carefully. Please read the paragraph Note for students who are planning to intern with FAS2552 FASS Extended Internship for more advice.

FASS IP may not be used to delay honours. Students in the Honours year are only allowed FAS2551 -- full-time during the Special Term or part-time during the Regular Semester.

8. Can I take other modules when I am enrolled in FAS2552?

Students taking FAS2552 are not subject to the 18 MC minimum workload requirement, and are allowed to register for other modules provided they do not interfere with the internship. You must have a written approval and understanding from your instructor and your employer before you register for the additional modules.

9. I am going on exchange overseas and that is starting late in the semester. May I participate in an FASS IP internship before I leave?

Students going on SEP are not allowed to sign up for any other modules (including FAS2552) in the same semester.

10. What is the role of my FASS IP Academic Advisor (AA)?

In order for students to benefit most from a structured internship under FASS IP, advice and guidance from an academic advisor is important. Specific responsibilities of the AA include:
# Evaluate and approve your Work Plan, Journals, and final Internship Report.
# Advice and guide you on the programme procedures, if needed.
# Establish contact with your Workplace Supervisor, if needed.
# Help troubleshoot problems that crop up between you and your employer, should the need arise. (See Question 20 below.)

11. Who can I approach to be my AA, other than the one the Dean’s Office assigns to me by default?

Your AA could be any FASS faculty/staff member who knows you reasonably well. You are advised to secure his/her consent to be your AA before nominating.  Through this arrangement, we hope that you get to associate more closely with a faculty member who can become your referee for future job applications.

12. What is the role of the Workplace Supervisor (WS)?

This is someone appointed by the employer to guide and review your internship progress. He/she will discuss with you the specifics of the internship and Work Plan, endorse your report before submission, and also provide feedback on your performance once the internship is completed.

13. Do I need to pay tuition fees FASS IP modules?

Yes. You need to be a registered student and pay tuition fees for the modular credits to be formally recognised. As a registered student, you retain access to student benefits, e.g. medical, library, computer and sports facilities during your internship semester.

** From AY2015/16 onwards, Special Term internship modules will be exempt from Special Term fees. This includes FAS2551 enrolled for performing a full-time internship during Special Term .**
14. Will I be insured during FASS IP internship?

Tuition fees paid by students include University Health Scheme as well as Personal Accident Insurance. A brief summary of the coverage for personal accident coverage include:
# 24-hour worldwide coverage
# Death benefit: $30,000
# Permanent disability up to 150%, depending on disability
# Medical expenses relating to accident: $5,000 per accident

For details on Undergraduate Insurance Scheme, visit:

Employers are recommended to purchase additional insurance with higher coverage.

The University has purchased a blanket travel insurance policy from Federal Insurance Company to cover all students travelling overseas for activities or purposes approved, endorsed, organised, sponsored or authorised by NUS. Please click here for more information. Students going on overseas internships are advised to purchase additional insurance with more comprehensive coverage.

15. Can I apply for leave during the internship?

Yes, in principle. However, leave is granted at the discretion of your employer. It is always best to seek approval from your employer in advance. Please note that students are responsible for the entire period of the FASS IP, i.e. minimum 8 weeks for FAS2551 or 12 weeks for FAS2552.

16. Can I request Faculty/employer to write a deferment letter if I am recalled by MINDEF for ICT during the course of FASS IP?

No. You must go for ICT when required by MINDEF. Your employer must release you on unpaid leave for ICT.

17. Am I exempt from CPF contributions for FASS IP internship?

Yes. According to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) policy, students working during vacation or under training programmes in Singapore, approved by NUS, are exempt from CPF contributions.

Refer to CPF website:

18. I am an international student. Must I apply for work pass for FASS IP?

No. You are exempt from work pass for FASS IP internship. According to the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) advisory note, work pass is exempt for foreign students if the internship:
# Gains modular  credits and contributes towards graduation requirements or
# Is conducted during the stipulated school vacation.

Guidelines can be found on MoM website:

19. I am an international student, do I have to pay income tax?

Generally, foreign students with educational institutions are exempt from income tax if they are only paid subsistence allowance to meet their daily expenses and board and lodging in Singapore.

Guidelines can be found on IRAS website:

20. What should I do if a dispute arises between me and the employer?

You should immediately seek assistance from your Academic Advisor or FASS IP Administrator. If there is a need, they may visit the company as mediators to resolve the situation. . You should not take matters into your own hands by, e.g., confronting your employer.

21. Will there be a situation that I receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for FASS IP?

Yes. There is a possibility that a student will receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for FASS IP internship should any of the scenarios listed below happen:

# Unsatisfactory performance feedback by the employer, e.g. student is always late for work or is absent without leave.
# Student withdraws from the company without the consent of the employer and the Faculty
# Student fails to submit all the documents and report within the stipulated timeframe
# Student has serious disputes with the company


For more information, please contact FASS IP Administrator, Karen Wong, Manager (External Relations & Student Life): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Desk: +65 6516 7274

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